Embrace innovation in the face of Global Economic Challenges

Embrace innovation in the face of Global Economic Challenges

The President and Chairman of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), Dr George Agyekum Donkor, has delivered an inspiring keynote address at the annual conference of Toastmasters District 94. The conference, held on May 24, 2023, at the “Centre International des Conférences de Lomé”, brought together leaders from the ECOWAS subregion and Central Africa, including, Ministers, Government officials, patrons, and members of District 94 of Toastmasters International.

Quoting from the renowned civil rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King Jr., who said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”, Dr Donkor challenged leaders to step outside comfort zones, challenge the status quo, question conventional wisdom, and to aggressively deliberate on the boundaries that confine Africa’s development. Dr Donkor urged today’s leaders to actively challenge themselves and their teams, foster transparency to promote improvement, and embrace innovation in the face of global economic challenges and the post-COVID-19 context.

The conference, which was held under the theme, “Expanding our Horizons with Toastmasters in a constantly changing world”, provided a valuable platform for Toastmasters to enhance their communication and leadership skills while actively promoting African integration. Dr Donkor underscored the significance of effective leadership in an increasingly volatile environment. He stressed the need for leaders to inspire trust, encourage open communication, and navigate complexity through innovative solutions, while calling upon participants to sharpen their communication and leadership tools for the betterment of the wellbeing of society.

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